Tunisia: Prime Minister - 'Tunisia's Future Could Not Be Envisaged As Part of a Conflict Between the Government and UGTT'

Tunis — "The respect of the next elections date, due for March 2013, remains tributary of the furtherance of the works of the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) and the completion of drafting the new Constitution" said Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali.

During a TV debate, broadcast Saturday evening, on the National 1 and 2, Nessma and Hannibal Channels, Mr. Jebali said that "the government pledges to respect this date", estimating that "the elections in March 2013 is possible. An administrative authority tasked with preparing at best this ballot is already operational."

He pointed out that "the next National Authority of the Elections will be independent as had been the case of the Independent Higher Authority for the Elections (IHAE)."

On the resignation of former Finance Minister Houcine Dimassi, the Prime Minister announced, that "Dimassi had expressed earlier that he could not continue his work because of some disputes with the Cabinet meeting, as regards notably the four files related to wage rise, the hydrocarbon price rise, the file of the construction workers and the general amnesty."

Concerning the compensation of the political activists, Mr. Jebali underlined that the international laws stipulate the healing of the physical and moral injuries and that the first decision taken after the Revolution consists in granting the right to any beneficiary of the general amnesty to enjoy compensation and join his work, in accordance with the provisions of the decree-law n°1 related to general amnesty.

As regards the relation of the government with the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), Mr. Jebali pointed out that Tunisia's future could not be planned as part of a conflict between the government and the Union, indicating that his government welcomed the Union's initiative,"but events had occurred to paralyse the dialogue process pledged by the government", voicing determination to revive this process.

In another connection, Mr. Jebali considered the information in the report of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released public Friday, "as being a proof of Tunisia's capacity to achieve a growth rate higher than 6% in the coming years."

He added that the report came to confirm Tunisia's aptitude to overcome the economic obstacles and implement development plans "likely to bring the country out of stagnation and help it reduce unemployment."

The Prime Minister stressed the need to settle, in due time, the file of the businessmen banned from travel, because of its impact on the Tunisian economy, notably concerning the loss of jobs.

Last Updated on Sunday, August 05, 2012 12:39

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